Shocking History: These Are The 12 Most Awful Products Made By Monsanto

When it comes to alternative media, Monsanto is heavily present. 

This powerful multinational corporation has been a hot topic due to its toxic products. 

There is so much on Monsanto, that there is a global foundation, whose aim is to protest and expose the moves made by the corporation, named March Against Monsanto. This article is to educate the public on some toxic products made by them and are still sold today. 

Here are twelve toxic products made by Monsanto: 

1. Saccharin

What is it? Saccharin is a toxic artificial sweetener that was introduced in the 1800s, but wasn’t mainstream until the 1900s as it was used then to replace sugar. Monsanto’s main objective was to massively produce saccharin for the soft beverage giant Coca-Cola. 

Why is it bad? It used to be popular due to its lack of calories and sweetness until the 1970s when a study exposed that saccharin caused cancer in lab mice and rats, adding it to the National Institute of Health’s list of carcinogens. When pressure was exerted, the study results were swept under the rug and dubbed as “flawed.” The sweetener had been taken off the list and is found within many popular foods. 

Where is it being used? Fruit spreads, drinks, toothpaste, medicine, cookies etc. 

2. PCB’s

What is it? PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) is a manmade chemical referred to as a chlorinated hydrocarbon. Monsanto started using them in the 1920s to make coolant for capacitors, electric motors and electric transformers. PCBs were made in America from 1929 until 1979 when they were banned. 

Why is it bad? PCBs are associated with links to cancer and damage to the human reproductive system, immune system, endocrine system and nervous systems. 

Where is it being used? PCBs have been banned since 1979, yet it lingers as a 2011 study brought to light how pregnant women have them in their blood. Before the ban was ordered, PCBs was found in caulking, adhesives, oil-based paints, cable insulation and plastics. 

3. Polystyrene

What is it? Polystyrene is a synthetic polymer that has been used by Monsanto since 1941. 

Why is it bad? Polystyrene is an environmental hazard as it is non-biodegradable. Too much exposure can cause headache, fatigue, depression and weakness. 

Where is it being used? It is well known as styrofoam used for packaging of food. It is found to be durable and costs less than plastic (this isn’t environment-friendly)

4. Nuclear Weapons

We all know nuclear weapons, so not much of an explanation is needed, but it is worth noting Monsanto’s involvement. When they purchased Thomas & Hochwalt Laboratories, Monsanto worked in a pivotal role in the Manhattan project in 1943-1945. The Manhattan Project created the first atomic bomb used in WWII. 

5. DDT

What is it? DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) was used primarily as a pesticide made to kill off mosquitoes infected with Malaria. Monsanto was the first to undergo criticism for their insecticide. 

Why is it bad? DDT has been found to cause damage to the nervous system, liver and lessens reproductive function. It was banned in 1972.

Where is it being used? It takes about 15 years for DDT to breakdown and is still present in waterways and soil. Human contamination would be a result from contaminated crops, fish or atmospheric deposition. 

6. Dioxin

What is it? Science has determined that dioxin is one of the highest toxic chemicals out there. In 1945, Monsanto became involved in the promotion of the use of chemical pesticides in the agriculture industry.

Why is it bad? Dioxins are known for their ability to cause cancer as the EPA reported that it has been contributing to the rise in cancer. 

Where is it being used? Dioxins are within dairy and meat products due to its accumulation in the food chain. 

7. Agent Orange

What is it? A herbicide and defoliant that was used in the Vietnam War as a chemical weapon. Monsanto was producing the deadly chemical along with another manufacturer.

Why is it bad? Agent Orange has contributed to over 500,000 birth defects and 400,000 deaths with millions dealing with serious health problems from Agent Orange’s dioxin content. And Monsanto knew about this when they handed it over to the US government to use in war. 

Where is it being used? Vietnam is still reeling from the effects of Agent Orange to this day and a clean up process didn’t start until 2012. Shockingly, Agent Orange chemicals are present in some herbicides used to this day. 

8. Petroleum-Based Fertilizers 

What is it? Petroleum-based fertilizers are used on plant tissues and soils to help speed up development. After the purchase of a major oil refinery, Monsanto became involved in 1955.

Why is it bad? Petroleum-based fertilizers are hazardous to healthy micro-organisms in soil. The damage is severe and ends up making the soil reliant on an external stimulant for production. 

Where is it being used? These toxic fertilizers are used in many farms across the world and deliver farmers greater control on whats grown and how it grows. 

9. RoundUp

What is it? Also referred to as Glyphosate, RoundUp herbicide is heavily used across the planet. Monsanto introduced this in 1970 with their agriculture chemicals division.

Why is it bad? Glyphosate is associated with cancer as found in many studies due to it being an endocrine disruptor, that works to disrupt the hormone system in mammals. The disruptions can lead to birth defects, cancerous tumors and development disorders. 

Where is it being used? RoundUp is still used to this day to eliminate weeds. It is commonly found in streams, soil, air, and groundwater. 

10. Aspartame

What is it? Similar to saccharin, aspartame is an artificial sweetener used to replace sugar in soft drinks and food. Monsanto took over the company that made aspartame in 1985, and thats how they first got into using it. 

Why is it bad? Really?

Where is it being used? Aspartame is in many diet sodas, sauces, drink powders, yogurts, gum, cereal etc.

11. Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH)

What is it? Monsanto created rBGH, a genetically modified hormone that is administered to dairy cows to speed up milk production. 

Why is it bad? rBGH increases the production of milk artificially, which increases levels of antibiotic residues, pus and a cancer growth hormone named IGF-1. When consumed it speeds the growth of cancer and is associated with colon, prostate and breast cancer. 

Where is it being used? rBGH is still injected in dairy cows bi-weekly to this day. 

12. GMOs

What is it? No need to go on about this in great lengths. Created in the early 90’s, Monsanto started there “feed the world” initiative by using GMOs to supplement loss of agriculture to environmental causes. 

Where is it being used? GMOs are in many crops, but commonly in potatoes, squash, corn, sugar beets, salmon, animal feeds, tomatoes, golden rice and soybeans. 

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